What’s Current: Boris Johnson drops planned changes to Gender Recognition Act

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has abandoned his party’s previous plans to amend the Gender Recognition Act to allow unrestricted self-identification of sex, and will leave the current rules in place, which still permit individuals to change their legal sex markers without undergoing any medical procedures commonly associated with transition.
  • Many medical practices in Northern Ireland are not only refusing to terminate women’s pregnancies, but are denying women other care if staff are aware that she’ll be seeking an abortion elsewhere.
  • The US Supreme Court has issued a much-awaited, combined ruling (pdf) on whether Title VII employment nondiscrimination rights applied to same-sex attracted (Bostock, Zarda) and trans-identified persons (Stephens.) A 6-3 majority determined that sex discrimination protected both classes, but in the latter case by applying these rights to an undefined class of “transgender” person in the law.
  • The US Department of Housing and Urban Development is preparing to issue a rule once again allowing women’s shelters to offer single-sex accommodations, rolling back an Obama-era rule requiring admission on the basis of gender identity.
  • Egyptian gay rights activist Sara Hegazy has died in Canada, at age 30.
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.